Akron–Canton Airport

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Coordinates: 40°54.90′N 81°26.62′W / 40.91500°N 81.44367°W / 40.91500; -81.44367

Akron–Canton Airport (CAK)
Akron-Canton Airport.svg
    CAK is located in Ohio
    CAK is located in the US
    Location of airport in Ohio/United States
Airport type Public
Operator Akron Canton Regional Airport Authority
Serves Akron, Ohio, Canton, Ohio, Massillon, Ohio
Location Green, Ohio
Elevation AMSL 1,228 ft / 374 m
Website www.akroncantonairport.com
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 7,601 2,317 Asphalt
5/23 8,204 2,500 Asphalt
Statistics (2004)
Aircraft operations 122,803
Based aircraft 155
Sources: airport website[1] and FAA[2]

Akron–Canton Airport (IATA: CAKICAO: KCAKFAA LID: CAK) is a commercial airport in the city of Green, in southern Summit County, Ohio (a small piece of both runways is in Stark County), just off Interstate 77 about 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Akron and 10 miles northwest of Canton. The airport is jointly operated by Summit County and Stark County.

The airport has two runways, 7,601 and 8,204 feet (2,317 and 2,501 m) long, both 150 feet (46 m) wide. CAK covers 2,300 acres (930 ha).

Early history[edit]

Money for the airport was initially allocated during World War II for defense purposes, but the construction stalled over a controversy relating to whether public funding of airport construction would be appropriate. As a result, private funding was essential to the initial construction of the airport, particularly in purchasing the land.

The airport was dedicated on October 13, 1946, as the Akron–Canton–Massillon Airport; the name was later changed to Akron–Canton Regional Airport. Passenger air service began in 1948 when American, United, Capital, and Eastern airlines moved from the Akron Fulton International Airport.

A permanent terminal was built in 1955 and expanded in 1962.

Passenger growth[edit]

In 2005, 1.43 million passengers flew through Akron–Canton,[3] three times the number ten years earlier. It is one of the fastest-growing airports in the Midwest, and attracts passengers from the Akron/Canton area and Cleveland metropolitan area. Passenger count has grown every year since 1995 except 2001 (partly because of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks which slowed air travel nationwide).

The airport markets itself as "A better way to go", noting the ease of the Akron–Canton Airport in comparison to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport some 40 miles (64 km) north. The airport is a secondary "reliever" airport for Northeast Ohio. Although much of the growth is commercial, over 75% of traffic is general aviation, which is all but nonexistent at nearby Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.

CAK doubled passenger ridership from 2000 to 2006, with new flights added by AirTran Airways and Frontier Airlines. Southwest Airlines began service to CAK in August 2012. CAK represents 20% of all air travel growth in Ohio. Other airlines include American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express.

The airport experienced its best year ever in 2012 with 1.83 million customers.


In 2006 the airport completed an expansion and renovation of the terminal, including the addition of a new wing off the main concourse. It brings the number of gates to 11 (from 9), and provides new baggage areas, a food court, and improved aesthetics. The new wing opened to passengers in May 2006 and is home to Southwest Airlines.

In 2011 the expanded TSA screening area was completed. It has four lanes for screening, with the ability to open two more. Along with the expanded screening area, Advanced Imaging Devices were installed and a TSA Precheck lane was added.

The airport initiated CAK 2018, its 10-year, $110 million Capital Improvement Plan in March 2008. The plan is the most ambitious capital improvement plan in Akron–Canton Airport’s history and calls for 10 projects in the next 10 years. One of those projects, a runway expansion, has already been completed. Runway 5/23 was extended from 7,600 ft (2,300 m). to 8,200 ft (2,500 m). The runways will allow aircraft to fly non-stop to anywhere in the U.S. and throughout Mexico and Canada.

Other projects include expanding aircraft parking and general aviation area, replacing aircraft rescue and fire fighting maintenance facility, a new customs and border patrol facility, expand auto parking lots, a widened entrance road, expanded ticket wing and TSA screening area, expanded upper level concourse and the construction of Port Green Industrial Park, 213 acres (0.86 km2) will be developed into 10-12 business sites.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Fort Lauderdale, Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg/Clearwater (all end February 15, 2017)
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach, Savannah (all end February 15, 2017)[4]
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington–National
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection Detroit
Southwest Airlines Atlanta (ends June 3, 2017)
Seasonal: Orlando (ends June 3, 2017)
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale,[5] Las Vegas (begins April 27, 2017),[6] Orlando[5]
Seasonal: Fort Myers,[5] Myrtle Beach (begins April 27, 2017),[5] Tampa[5]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Newark


Airlines Destinations
Castle Aviation Cincinnati, Hamilton, Columbus–Rickenbacker, Indianapolis, Cleveland


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from CAK (June 2015 – May 2016)[7]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, GA 234,000 Delta, Southwest
2 Charlotte, NC 102,000 American
3 Chicago, IL (O'Hare) 56,000 United
4 Detroit, MI 45,000 Delta
5 Orlando, FL 44,000 Southwest
6 New York, NY (LaGuardia) 37,000 American
7 Tampa, FL 37,000 Southwest
8 Washington (National), D.C 22,000 American, Southwest
9 Philadelphia, PA 20,000 American
10 Ft. Myers, FL 19,000 Allegiant

Ground transportation[edit]

Akron–Canton Airport has a number of taxicab and shuttle services.[8]

It is also served by one route from each of the region's two public transit providers, Akron Metro Regional Transit route 110, and Canton-based Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) route 81.

The SARTA route provides service every hour for most of the day Monday through Saturday, and serves both Canton and Akron via Interstate 77, including transit centers in both downtown Canton and downtown Akron.[9]

The Akron Metro route is a 5 times-per-day local route through Southern Summit County, but does serve the downtown Akron Transit Center.[10]


  1. ^ Akron–Canton Airport (official site
  2. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for CAK (Form 5010 PDF), effective June 5, 2008
  3. ^ Akron–Canton Airport Achieves Fourth Consecutive Annual Passenger Record
  4. ^ http://ir.allegiantair.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=197578&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2205090
  5. ^ a b c d e Loreno, Darcie (July 26, 2016). "Spirit Airlines expanding to Akron-Canton Airport". WJW (TV). Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Viva Las Vegas! Spirit Airlines Delivers More Sin City Service from Northeast Ohio" (Press release). Spirit Airlines. September 21, 2016. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ "RITA | BTS | Transtats". Transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved May 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ Akron–Canton Airport Ground Transportation Services
  9. ^ "81: Canton - Akron Express". sartaonline.com. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Route Schedule - Akron Metro". akronmetro.org. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 

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